Battery A 266th field artillery battalion in ww2

My grandfather is listed as being a machine gunner, responsible for the work of 8 men in firing and maintaining a 50 cal machine gun.  He was a corporal in Battery A 266th Field Artillery Battalion.  I would love to know a bit more about what he would’ve experienced. He didn’t talk much about the war other than being too close to a howitzer and that’s why he had trouble hearing.  His separation paper says northern France, Ardennes, Rhineland, Central Europe and Normandy.  I’ve tried to research the actual moments of the 266th but it has hard to find. I know they were called ‘Dandelion’ and I know there was a book on their movements but, other than in two libraries 1000 miles away, I can’t look at it.  If anyone can explain his movements and/or what he did (besides shooting a gun), I would be extremely grateful. 

  • My father was also in Battery A/266 FA. I’m reading through his letters this winter to try to track their path as best as I can. I’m working with a couple of local military experts so if I find out more, I’ll respond back here. My sister said our father never talked about his experience except to say he was part of the group that liberated Dachau and how angry they all were at the locals for claiming they didn’t know what was going on. 

  • Thank you so much for the reply.  All I can say is wow.  I knew there was something that kept him quiet.  I had a great uncle that never stopped talking about it, quite the contrast.  Please do keep me informed, I’m very grateful. And best of luck.

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    Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!

    We searched the National Archives Catalog and located the World War II Operations Reports, 1940-1948 in the Records of the Adjutant General's Office, 1917 - 1985 (Record Group 407) that includes After action reports and Journals of the 266th Field Artillery Battalion during WWII. For more information about these non-digitized records, please contact the National Archives at College Park - Textual Reference (RR2R) via email at archives2reference@nara.gov.

    We hope this is helpful. Best of luck with your research!

    Sincerely,

    Textual Reference Archives II Branch (RR2RR)
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  • Thank you for your response! I live within 4 hours of the National Archives so I will plan a visit when I am further along in my search. 

      I think it’s pretty amazing to find someone whose grandfather was in the same battery as my dad. I am attaching the instructions for their assignments that he sent home. 

  • This is awesome! Thank you so much for sharing! 

  • Hello, I recently found this site and your post. My grandfather was a 2nd Lieutenant in Baker Battery of the 266th FA Battalion. I just recently found his war diary, which he kept from the initial departure from New York City through April 24, 1945 in Viermunden, Germany. My mom had it typed up, typos and all, from his hand-written account on a roll of foolscap paper. It lists each location where Battery B was encamped, and his history of the battery in action, and to some extent, that of the full battalion.

    Here are the locations (mispellings are from the diary); dates are arrival dates:

    Great Britain:

    April 26, 1944:  Arrived Greenock, Scottland on the Queen Elizabeth.

    April 27, 1944:  Arrived Poole, Southern England, by overnight train.

    April 27, 1944:  Transported by trucks to Canford Cliffs, Dorset.

    June 27, 1944:  Transported to Southhampton Marshalling Area.

    June 30, 1944:  Crossed channel on LST 504.

    France:

    July 1, 1944:  Colleville, France.

    July 2, 1944:  La Cambe, France.

    July 12, 1944:  Cantepie, France.

    July 16, 1944:  La Semellerie, France.

    July 31, 1944:  St. Jean de Savigny, France.

    August 3, 1944:  St. Gilles, France.

    August 6, 1944:  Landelles et Cupigny, France.

    August 14, 1944:  Sourdeval, France.

    August 15, 1944:  La Masure, France.

    August 17, 1944:  Avrilly (Dormfront), France.

    August 23, 1944:  Senoches, France.

    August 31, 1944:  Versailles, France.

    September 10, 1944:  Wallers Trelen, France.

    Belgium:

    September 13 1944:  Walhorn, Belgium

    Germany:

    September 23, 1944:  Hahn (Nutheim), Germany.

    November 23, 1944:  Breinig, Germany.

    December 11, 1944:  Hurtgen Forest, Germany.

    Belgium (again):

    December 27, 1944:  Septon, Belgium.

    January 1, 1945:  Fays, Belgium.

    January 9, 1945:  Verleument, Belgium.

    January 26, 1945:  Weverce, Belgium.

    Germany (again):

    February 2, 1945:  Kalterherberg, Germany.

    February 7, 1945:  Huchein, Germany.

    February 26, 1945:  Gurzenich, Germany.

    March 2, 1945:  Sindorf, Germany.

    March 6, 1945:  Boggendorf, Germany.

    March 15, 1945:  Bonn, Germany.

    March 27, 1945:  Oberpleis, Germany.

    April 3, 1945:  Rudersdorf, Germany.

    April 4, 1945:  Sealenberg, Germany.

    April 10, 1945:  Holzklau, Germany.

    April 12, 1945:  Hutzemert, Germany.

    April 13, 1945:  Hahnenberg, Germany.

    April 24, 1945:  Frankenberg, Germany.

    April 25, 1f945:  Viermunden, Germany.  End of diary.